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80-year-old dementia sufferer scores record deal after ‘Carpool Karaoke’ video goes viral

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Ted McDermott – known as Teddy Mac, the Songaminute Man – shot to Internet stardom after videos posted by his son Simon of the pair singing received nearly 40 million views.

Now the octogenarian has just released his first single, a cover of the Frank Sinatra hit ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’, after landing a deal with Decca Records.

The former Butlin’s redcoat and holiday camp entertainer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2013 but Simon soon discovered that singing helped his father cope with the illness.

Their videos have now raised over £114,000 (AU$193,000) for the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK.

Check out the new single here or watch their original rendition of the classic ‘Quando Quando Quando’ here.

Lauren Broomham

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.


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